Edward Lachman

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Edward Lachman
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Lachman in 2009
Born (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 74)
Other namesEd Lachman
Alma materHarvard University
University of Tours
Ohio University
  • Cinematographer
  • director
Years active1972–present

Edward Lachman (born March 31, 1948) is an American cinematographer and director. Lachman is mostly associated with the American independent film movement, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes (including Far from Heaven in 2002 and Carol in 2015, both of which earned Lachman Oscar nominations[1]), Ulrich Seidl, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schrader. His other work includes Werner Herzog's La Soufrière (1977), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides (1999), Robert Altman's last picture A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime (2009).[2] He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

In 1989, Lachman co-directed a segment of the anthology film Imagining America.[3] In 2002, Lachman co-directed the controversial Ken Park with Larry Clark. In 2013, Lachman produced a series of videos in collaboration with French electronic duo Daft Punk, for the duo's album Random Access Memories.

Life and education[edit]

Lachman was born to a Jewish family[4] in Morristown, New Jersey, the son of Rosabel (Roth) and Edward Lachman, a movie theater distributor and owner.[5][6][7] He attended Harvard University and studied in France at the University of Tours before pursuing a BFA in painting at Ohio University.[6] He has a daughter, Bella Lachman (b. 2005) who lives in Amsterdam.[8]


Year Title Director Notes
1974 The Lords of Flatbush Martin Davidson
Stephen Verona
Co-cinematographer with Joseph Mangine
1977 Scalpel John Grissmer
1978 King of the Gypsies Frank Pierson Additional photography
Photographed by Sven Nykvist
1979 Last Embrace Jonathan Demme Co-cinematographer with Tak Fujimoto
1980 Union City Marcus Reichert
1982 Little Wars Maroun Bagdadi Co-cinematographer with Heinz Hölscher
1983 Portfolio Robert Guralnick
1984 Body Rock Marcelo Epstein Additional photography
Photographed by Robby Müller
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Susan Seidelman
1986 El día que me quieras Sergio Dow Golden Precolumbian Circle for Best Cinematography
True Stories David Byrne Nominated- Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1987 Making Mr. Right Susan Seidelman
Less than Zero Marek Kanievska
1990 The Local Stigmatic David Wheeler
Catchfire Dennis Hopper
1991 Mississippi Masala Mira Nair
London Kills Me Hanif Kureishi
1992 Light Sleeper Paul Schrader Nominated- Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
My New Gun Stacy Cochran
1995 My Family Gregory Nava
1997 Touch Paul Schrader
Selena Gregory Nava
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love
1999 The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola
The Limey Steven Soderbergh
2000 Erin Brockovich
Dr. T & the Women Robert Altman Director of Photography: Desert unit
Photographed by Jan Kiesser
2001 Sweet November Pat O'Connor
2002 Simone Andrew Niccol
Ken Park Larry Clark
Nominated- Jeonju Daring Digital Award
Nominated- Vallaloid Golden Spike
Far from Heaven Todd Haynes Camerimage Silver Frog
Golden Osella for Best Cinematography
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated- Camerimage Golden Frog
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2004 Stryker Noam Gonick
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Robert Altman
2007 Hounddog Deborah Kampmeier Co-cinematographer with Jim Denault
Import/Export Ulrich Seidl
I'm Not There Todd Haynes Camerimage Bronze Frog
Nominated- Camerimage Golden Frog
2009 Life During Wartime Todd Solondz
2010 Howl Rob Epstein

Jeffrey Friedman

2012 Paradise: Love Ulrich Seidl
Paradise: Faith
Dark Blood George Sluizer Filmed in 1993
2015 Carol Todd Haynes BSC Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
Camerimage Golden Frog
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
2016 Wiener-Dog[9] Todd Solondz
2017 Wonderstruck Todd Haynes Nominated- Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
2019 Dark Waters


Year Title Director Notes
1977 La Soufrière Werner Herzog
1980 Lightning Over Water Wim Wenders
Nicholas Ray
1982 Say Amen, Somebody George T. Nierenberg
Report from Hollywood Himself
1984 In Our Hands Robert Richter
Stanley Warnow
1985 Tokyo-Ga Wim Wenders
1985 Ornette: Made in America Shirley Clarke
The Look Robert Guralnick
I Played It for You Ronee Blakley
1986 Mother Teresa Ann Petrie
Jeanette Petrie
Stripper Jerome Gary
1987 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Taylor Hackford
1989 Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman
1991 Soldiers of Music Bob Eisenhardt
Susan Froemke
Albert Maysles
1993 Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey Steven M. Martin
2009 Collapse Chris Smith
2010 In the Hearts of Africa Himself
2013 Six by Sondheim Todd Haynes Segment: "I'm Still Here"
2014 Cathedrals of Culture Robert Redford Segment: "The Salk Institute"
2015 Don't Blink – Robert Frank Laura Israel
2021 The Velvet Underground Todd Haynes

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1978 Wings of Ash: A Dramatization of the Life of Antonin Artaud Marcus Reichert
1982 Split Cherry Tree Andrei Konchalovsky
1983 Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudolph Bob Eisenhardt
1984 The Last Trip to Harrisburg Brummbaer
Udo Kier
1985 R.A.B.L. Patrice M. Regnier
2004 Cell Stories Himself
2006 The Music of Regret Laurie Simmons
2008 Life for a Child Himself


Year Title Director Notes
1986 The Little Sister Jan Egleson Television film
1987 A Gathering of Old Men Volker Schlöndorff
1988 Karajan in Salzburg Deborah Dickson

Susan Froemke

Television special
1989 Imagining America Himself Television film
Segment: "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"
1990 Red Hot + Blue Television film
Segment: "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"
1993 TriBeCa Michael Dinner Episode: "The Box"
Horse Opera Bob Baldwin Television film
2011 Mildred Pierce Todd Haynes Miniseries; 5 episodes

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series
Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television


  1. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "EDWARD LACHMAN". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Michael Wilmington (June 7, 1989). "'Imagining America': Four Riffs on a Common Theme". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 25, 2016). "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016". Times of Israel.
  5. ^ "Edward Lachman Biography (1946-)".
  6. ^ a b Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers: Edward Lachman
  7. ^ "Obituary 1 -- No Title". The New York Times. August 7, 1964.
  8. ^ Robinson, Joanna (November 27, 2015). "Carol's Production Designer Reveals How to Achieve Cate Blanchett Chic". Vanity Fair.
  9. ^ Erbland, Kate (January 25, 2016). "How I Shot That: Ed Lachman Overcomes the Usual Challenges to Lens the Audacious 'Wiener-Dog'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved April 17, 2016.

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